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Kenobi: Star Wars | [John Jackson Miller]

Kenobi: Star Wars

Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.
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Publisher's Summary

The Republic has fallen. Sith Lords rule the galaxy. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi has lost everything….Everything but hope.

Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

Known to locals only as "Ben," the bearded and robed offworlder is an enigmatic stranger who keeps to himself, shares nothing of his past, and goes to great pains to remain an outsider. But as tensions escalate between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to Tatooine.

Ben - Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, hero of the Clone Wars, traitor to the Empire, and protector of the galaxy's last hope - can no more turn his back on evil than he can reject his Jedi training. And when blood is unjustly spilled, innocent lives threatened, and a ruthless opponent unmasked, Ben has no choice but to call on the wisdom of the Jedi - and the formidable power of the Force - in his never-ending fight for justice.

©2013 John Jackson Miller (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Kir Kanos TN 10-03-13

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    "Great Narration, Uneventful Story"
    Would you try another book from John Jackson Miller and/or Jonathan Davis?

    Definitely Jonathan Davis. It will depend on what the subject matter John Jackson Miller writes about as to whether I would read another one of his books or not


    Would you recommend Kenobi to your friends? Why or why not?

    For the die hard Star Wars fan, yes. But for the casual fan, I would recommend 'Darth Plagueis' instead. While the narration was well done and the story well written, there was nothing extraordinary about it. I found nothing revelational about this particular story of Ben (Obi Wan) Kenobi's residency on Tatooine. I expected maybe a revelation that Darth Vader (a.k.a. Anakin Skwalker) had survived their epic encounter or maybe a mentioning of atrocities committed by the newly formed Empire. But, there was hardly a mentioning except regarding known events that occurred in Episode III. We hear his one sided conversations with Qui Gon Jinn, but don't hear his former master's reply. Ben is there to keep vigil while Luke Skywalker grows up, but is evidently doing so at a distance. This story also conveys that Obi Wan is for the most part in an information vacuum in the outer rim on Tatooine. And the story makes it pretty obvious that the will of the Force is to make sure that Ben's true identity as a Jedi Knight is kept a secret, no matter how much trouble he finds himself in.


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jonathan Davis does a fantastic job of pacing the story as well as varying up the voices enough that you know who is speaking without having to hear or read "Said, such and such character." The sound effects and music that accompany his narration of Star Wars audio books also lends to the telling of the story.


    Did Kenobi inspire you to do anything?

    You mean like hiding out in the desert and talking to ghosts of former mentors? LOL! Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    LIke I mentioned before, Kenobi is a well written Star Wars story, but unfortunately, it isn't very exciting. There are a lot better Star Wars novels to choose from than 'Kenobi.'

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    eric Pingree Grove, IL, United States 09-30-13
    eric Pingree Grove, IL, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow better than expected!"
    Where does Kenobi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would have to say in the top 10.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It wasnt Kenobi going out to save the galaxy, just him dealing with normal everyday life.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have liked all of Davis's preformaces. I don't the Star Wars world would be the same if he didnt do it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 03-02-15
    Greg 03-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"

    Well conceived story that keeps you wanting to hear more. excellent character development and narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Fort Morgan, CO, United States 05-26-14
    John Fort Morgan, CO, United States 05-26-14 Member Since 2014

    Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.

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    "I have a GOOD feeling about this."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    John Jackson Miller initially wrote this as a comic book story, an area where he excels. Jedi, isolated from the universe. The decision was then made to turn the script into a novel, and it delivers. This is a great look at Kenobi at his finest, balanced between being a warrior, diplomat, and trickster. Another fun thing is that Miller does tie all of the threads together. AS a reader of Star Wars novels and comics you will be screaming for the characters to put two and two together. Fantastic outing!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kenobi was great, but "Plug Eye" was fantastic.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    His performance as the Hutt accountant was really unique.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Hooded Stranger


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leland CHERAW, SC, United States 03-08-14
    Leland CHERAW, SC, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book. It's a well written tale that walks a wonderful line between being a high noon-esque western and a really awesome Star Wars EU book.


    What other book might you compare Kenobi to and why?

    I find myself reminded of "Darth Plagueis" and "Dark lord: The Rise of Darth Vader". "Kenobi" really does a brilliant job of exploring a single key character to the Star Wars mythology while also mixing in all the outside players perfectly. Which is a another key aspect of what I like about the other two books I mentioned.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have. I've listened to "Star Wars: Dark Lord - The Rise of Darth Vader"," Darth Bane: Path of Destruction", "Star Wars Episode III" and am about to listen to "Maul: Lockdown". And Kenobi is the best of them all. Davis seems the more relaxed in this audio than any of those others. He handles the "other" character brilliantly And as good as his Kenobi was in "Revenge of the Sith", he absolutely embraces the Ewan McGregor style "Kenobi" for this tale. And may I say the production and sound effects mix is the best since "Darth Plagueis". The chapter cut sound effect is especially cool.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Now that's a name I haven't heard for a long time."


    Any additional comments?

    Great overall experience. Listening to this one book is what has not only gotten me back in the mood to listen to audiobooks but more importantly it has gotten me back into Star Wars and the EU-verse. Thank you, Audible. Thank you Random House Audio. Thank you, Mr. Lucas. Thank you too, Del Ray. Thanks for the good read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer East Brunswick, NJ, United States 12-19-13
    Amazon Customer East Brunswick, NJ, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A must read!"
    What did you love best about Kenobi?

    Kenobi was a well paced story from start to finish, with elements of action and drama mixed nicely. We really get to dive deep into Obi-Won's soul, and learn more about his feeling towards Anakin, and the emotions he felt during and after Episode III.


    What other book might you compare Kenobi to and why?

    Not so much a book, but a classic movie.....The Rifleman.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    Jonathan Davis is the GO TO GUY to narrate Star Wars novels! He captures Obi-Won's voice and character to a tee, and he gives life to the assorted characters in the novel.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending for sure, after Obi-Won resolves the story's issues/conflicts, and grants himself a measure of forgivness for the actions of Episode II/III.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sean MESA, AZ, United States 09-05-13
    Sean MESA, AZ, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Didn't keep me glued in."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Being a huge Star Wars book fan I found this one rather plain. The narration was excellent. The story itself was just.... I didn't care for what was going on. The emotional interaction of the characters felt very forced. The back drop of Tatooine was the most exciting thing going on just because I could relate it to the feelings I had watching Episode IV for the first time. But for the love of me I could not give two cents about Tusken Raiders. Its not a bad book. I really don't enjoy saying anything about negative about it. But, I kept having to force myself to finish it. However, I did not return it. Some people really liked it, I found it to be mostly filler.


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    Mad Dog 06-25-15
    Mad Dog 06-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great reading and wonderful story"

    Story was interesting and engaging. Reader was awesome and has a great pace while reading. I want more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    @BakerTheClerk 06-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story. Amazing Performance."

    Story was exceptional, great addition to the Star Wars universe.. While, Jonathan Davis was an amazing performer. he had me on the edgw of my seat.

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    Kyle 06-03-15
    Kyle 06-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Mixed value"

    The book makes this a somewhat difficult review, because to me there are some excellent aspects and there are some that didn't work so well for me. I came away with a feeling that the author couldn't decide on how to do a few things, so tried all of them. I came to like the points of view *about* Kenobi, providing a new view of a popular character. And I quite enjoyed the isolated introspections *from* Kenobi, which I think were superbly voiced. But just when I started to think that's how the book would continue, the approach changed somewhat dramatically, to me, and the book fell into a more predictable, familiar rut with a few minor but not really valuable surprises thrown in. For a book addressing something which could have been crucial to the broader story arc, and certainly is a time of interest generally overlooked by other Star Wars media, I think it doesn't entirely live up to the promise -- although there are some excellent excerpts which provide a good, believable insight into Kenobi's inner struggles.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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